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Great Backyard Bird Count 2013 Results!

The Delaware River at Battery Park in New Castle, Delaware on 18 February 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

I started the GBBC off birding at the Newark Reservoir with Mason and Becky. I then drove home Friday afternoon picking up GBBC birds and county ticks along the way using BirdLog (more on that later). Saturday I worked some fields around Luthersburg in Clearfield County, PA and found a huge flock of 107 Common Redpolls foraging in corn stubble and a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk. Those were by far the best birds of the weekend. I county-ticked my way back to Newark Sunday afternoon. To round out the GBBC, Alan Kneidel and I spent almost two hours at Battery Park in New Castle County sifting through the gull flock. We didn’t find any interesting gulls, but we did have several Great Cormorants, a Northern Pintail, and a Northern Harrier.

Here is a photo of the Common Redpolls in flight after a Cooper’s Hawk flushed them while they were foraging in the corn stubble. Check out this photo of the entire flock: http://flic.kr/p/dVx97u

Common Redpolls - Pennsylvania

Common Redpolls along Wells Rd. in Luthersburg, PA on 16 February 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Feb 15, 2013 to Feb 18, 2013

Number of Checklists: 63
Number of Species: 55

1478 Canada Goose — (1),(2),(4),(11),(25),(59),(60),(62),(63)
64 Mallard — (1),(33),(63)
1 Mallard (Domestic type) — (1)
1 Northern Pintail — (63)
2 Ring-necked Duck — (1)
37 Lesser Scaup — (1)
9 Common Merganser — (1)
25 Wild Turkey — (30)
5 Double-crested Cormorant — (63)
6 Great Cormorant — (63)
1 Great Blue Heron — (63)
6 Black Vulture — (24),(27)
33 Turkey Vulture — (6),(7),(8),(10),(11),(14),(16),(17),(23),(27),(29),(56)
1 Northern Harrier — (63)
2 Cooper’s Hawk — (9),(49)
2 Bald Eagle — (63)
1 Red-shouldered Hawk — (56)
15 Red-tailed Hawk — (4),(5),(19),(23),(24),(25),(26),(37),(44),(47),(49),(50),(53)
1 Rough-legged Hawk — (50)
1040 Ring-billed Gull — (1),(5),(28),(63)
7 Herring Gull (American) — (5),(58),(63)
1 Great Black-backed Gull — (63)
3004 gull sp. — (17),(60),(63)
570 Rock Pigeon — (2),(4),(5),(8),(10),(13),(14),(15),(16),(19),(20),(21),(22),(23),(25),(26),(27),(28),(32),(33),(36),(51),(55),(63)
32 Mourning Dove — (1),(3),(9),(12),(15),(16),(17),(18),(19),(20),(24),(57),(59),(63)
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker — (52)
2 Downy Woodpecker — (1),(52)
2 American Kestrel — (16),(37)
10 Blue Jay — (1),(29),(34),(44),(49),(61)
58 American Crow — (1),(7),(20),(23),(28),(29),(34),(36),(37),(38),(39),(41),(45),(47),(49),(51),(52),(58),(63)
12002 Fish Crow — (1),(9),(63)
11 crow sp. — (1),(17),(55),(58),(61)
4 Horned Lark — (44)
11 Black-capped Chickadee — (34),(44),(45)
4 Tufted Titmouse — (1),(2),(34),(52)
4 White-breasted Nuthatch — (34),(35)
4 Carolina Wren — (1),(61)
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet — (1),(34)
4 Eastern Bluebird — (1)
119 American Robin — (1),(59),(60),(61),(62),(63)
1 Northern Mockingbird — (61)
859 European Starling — (1),(2),(4),(5),(8),(9),(10),(17),(18),(21),(23),(24),(25),(37),(39),(42),(52),(54),(57),(58),(60),(62),(63)
3 American Tree Sparrow — (52)
4 Savannah Sparrow — (1)
5 Song Sparrow — (1),(58),(63)
2 White-throated Sparrow — (1)
1 Dark-eyed Junco — (44)
3 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) — (35),(52)
10 Northern Cardinal — (1),(2),(35),(60)
482 Red-winged Blackbird — (1),(58),(59),(60)
42 Common Grackle — (31),(58)
450 blackbird sp. — (1),(59)
15 House Finch — (1),(2),(20),(35),(52),(58),(61)
30 Common Redpoll — (49)
5 House Sparrow — (13),(52)

This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
See BirdLog for more information.

The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today!

The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today! The GBBC is GLOBAL this year and is hooked up with eBird. Where are you birding this weekend? Let us know in the comments and make sure to submit your sightings to eBird or the GBBC site!